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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 23, 2019

2020 Census Statistics in Schools Program Kicks Off Nationwide

Press Release Number CB19-CN.14


The U.S. Census Bureau and Shelby County Schools will kick off the 2020 Census Statistics in Schools program nationwide in Memphis, TN at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium with 1,000 area students participating in various fun activities centered on being counted in the once-a-decade headcount next March.

A kindergartener counted in the 2020 Census this spring will be starting high school when the next census comes around in 2030: that is 10 years of school supplies, teachers, school lunches, and so much more. Responses to the 2020 Census will shape how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed annually to local communities: the equivalent of an entire childhood of resources.

The Everyone Counts Fall Festival will feature guest speaker David Osmond, host of the TV kids’ show Wonderama, and students and teachers engaging in fun learning activities that challenge students to learn more about their communities and the resources they need. These interactive games and challenges are based on the new classroom activities created by teachers for the 2020 Census SIS program. These free activities and resources are available on the SIS website, adding to the more than 100 resources available year round on the site.


Monday, October 28, 2019
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. CST


Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
335 S Hollywood St Memphis, TN 38104


  • Dr. Steven Dillingham, Director, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Dr. Joris M. Ray, Superintendent of Shelby County Schools
  • David Osmond, Host, Wonderama


Members of the media who want to attend the event in person must register by emailing pio@census.gov. To attend the event please RSVP via Eventbrite (click here) by 9 a.m. (CST), Monday, October 28, 2019.

Media interested in an interview can contact the Census Bureau’s Public Information Office at pio@census.gov or 301-763-3030.

Connect with us on social media: @uscensusbureau, #2020Census.

About Statistics in Schools

The Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools program offers K-12 educators free online activities, games and other resources to help them bring statistics to their classrooms. The more than 150 activities — created by teachers, for teachers — use real-life census data to help students understand statistics concepts and develop data analysis skills. For the 2020 Census, Statistics in Schools has new resources for K-12 students, as well as for pre-K students, English language learners and adults learning English as a second language. The new 2020 materials help students understand the importance of being counted in the decennial census so they can take that message home to the adults who live with them. Visit census.gov/schools to learn more, and follow the Census Bureau on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to stay up to date on SIS news.



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